(From 2010 Vintage) Our 2010 Soda Canyon Vineyard Merlot is a vivacious wine that displays ideal ripeness from a uniquely cool California vintage. It has a dark garnet color and a complex nose of cherry liqueur, dark chocolate, pipe tobacco, lavender, cloves and hazelnut. On the palate, it has a velvety mouthfeel, a full body, beautiful acid balance and a long, juicy finish.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2005 Vintage) Heavy-handed oak is two-steps ahead of fruit here, and, while the wine may be full-bodied and highly extracted, it is also too tannic for its own good and suffers from a real lack of balance and brightness. Size and richness are often good things in wine, but they need fruit for balance. A big drop in price from its first posting is no help here.
Robert Parker(From 1999 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 142
Wine Advocate(From 1999 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 142 on Aug-02
Wine Spectator(From 1999 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 06/15/02